DTM: Re: The Kerfuffle. I’m not going to take any side here, but as it’s played out and I read your latest message saying “we’ll give the musicians money.” When you look back on this particular moment, what do you think you’re going to think?
Amanda Palmer: Paying the musicians was a really easy solution...none of these musicians are going to complain about being paid. By the same token none of these musicians would have been upset to not be paid. I kind of feel like a human target in a cultural argument. Anyone who’s bashing me, doesn’t know me. My touring philosophy, my shows, my crew. My history. They are people who are coming in from the outside, think they know what is going on and don’t and are kind of imposing theoretical arguments on a very real, practical thing that is already working. I think what might come out of this is...crowdfunding is brand new, it definitely makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable. All of a sudden artists handling money are making people feel uncomfortable. And it seems to be making people angry...I’m sharing my budgets and bank balance with the world which means that people in the world can come in with pitchforks when they don’t agree with my decisions. I think that is going to kind of be a new slippery slope for artists to navigate as they are running the show. But I’d so much f-----g prefer that artists are running the show then being beholden to the middlemen.
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